Sailing and Kayaking around Koh Chang

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Sailing around Koh Chang has slowly but surely gained a foothold over the last few years, with yachts now a common sight in the surrounding waters and moored off the beaches.

There are two main companies operating in the area, AV Ocean from the new marina area in Siam Royal View, Klong Son and Gulf Charters out of Salak Phet in the far south east of the island and With monohull keelboats and catamaran the choices, yachts are available either as bareboat or skippered charters.

Standard charters are for 5 days, though single days are also offered, if the boats are in harbour and crew available. You can also try Mandala Sailing as third option, with them offering skippered charters by the day from Bang Bao Pier.

Licences and Anchorages – Koh Chang Sailing

Sailing in the Koh Chang islands is at Experience Level 2, with no licenses required by the authorities, though certificates should always be carried. The 200bt fee for the National Park is per person per day, with 50bt for the boat.

The pincipal cruising areas extend from the northern tip of Koh Chang, past Koh Klum, Koh Wai, Koh Mak, Koh Kham, Koh Rang and down to the southern end of Koh Kood, with anchorages in many different bays along the way, all clearly charted. It is actually possible to go further to the Cambodian maritime border, but night sailing is not permitted and stops are at anchor, with mooring buoys being no longer permitted in Thailand.

The companies only open from November to April, when the prevailing winds from the north east are at their best and the weather is dry and generally calm. Boats are moved across to Koh Samui during the rainy season.

We are affiliated with AV Ocean, so can organise the bareboat or skippered charter of any of their yachts either daily (if available), 3 days or weekly. 5 day live aboard sailing school too. Why not Contact Us and we can start the process of setting you up with the right vessel for your needs.

The Companies – Koh Chang Sailing

AV Ocean

from 69,000bt to 95,000bt for one week

Bareboat Hunter 310 (2 double cabins), Odyssey 35 (3 double cabins) and Odyssey 43 (2 double, 1 double and 2 twin), Lagoon 48 (for 8 guests) all available for weekly charter. Sailing school, daily rental if available. Contact Us for more information.

Gulf Charters

Salak Phet,far corner of bay
Bareboat, from 120,000bt for one week (exc. peak) for 6 berth Catalina 40ft monohull keelboat
or 175,000bt for catamaran, 1,050 euros per day for Skippered charter (5/6 persons) in peak season

Bareboat only, bareboat with crew, bareboat with skipper among options offered on keelboats and multi-hull. Skippered charter on 46ft catamaran, with full crew, skipper and Thai cook. Advice on itinerary planning, support. Mile-builder trips. Daily charter possible if available, but 5 days the norm. Flotilla Sailing. Fuel extra.

Mandala Sailing

Bang Bao
Day Charters from 12,000bt

Steve runs daily charters aboard his Narin Thip Yacht, visiting Long Beach on the south east coast of Koh Chang and then across to Koh Wai. No sailing experience needed. Overnight and 3 days/2 nights packages also available. Contact Us for more information.

There is also a small sailing company, Koh Chang Watersports that is based at Aana Resort’s beach area in Klong Prao on the west Coast. They have a small catamaran and other vessels which you can sail yourself if experienced. Otherwise they can arrange a 1 or 2 hour skippered charter.

Kayaking

Sea kayaking is another great way to explore the archipelago or nearer to home, the offshore islands. Many of the resorts have the standard Feelfree sit-on-top variety and rates range from 300bt for a half day to 500bt for the whole 8 hours. The islands off Klong Prao Beach and Kai Bae Beach are the most popular, but Klong Son has two small uninhabited spots which are good for snorkeling and the paddle from

Lonely Beach to Bailan Beach along the coast is another pleasant day out, though it does get dangerous beyond the southern cape in Bailan Beach itself. Bang Bao offers you the chance to visit Bang Bao Beach (Klong Kloi) beach without too much effort or, for the braver souls, that bit further round to the deserted sands of Wai Chek Beach.

On the east coast, Salak Khok Kayak Station rents out its kayaks for exploring the mangrove forest and the bay itself at Salak Khok, whilst the resorts on either side of Salak Phet bay are within easy paddle distance of the islands in the middle, principally Koh Sai Khao, which has a little beach.

KayakChang

Klong Prao, basement at Emerald Cove Hotel
Per Person: 1,500bt (1/2 day) to 57,000bt (12 days including all equipment, guest house or hammock accommodation, food and water)

Professional sea kayaking company that runs full tours into the archipelago from 2 hours lessons, to 1/2 day, day expeditions, 2/3 days up to 12 days. BCU 3 star courses. Full safety and insurance, North Shore kayaks (sit-in), experienced UK Canoeists.


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